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Bahar's Blog about Immigration to Canada

Bahar's Blog about Immigration to Canada

Bahar received her Post Secondary Diploma with Honours from Humber College. Bahar has been working in the immigration field for approximately 2 years and is known for her attention to detail and client needs.


She has assisted in the successful completion of cases ranging from permanent to temporary matters and will find a way to get 'it' done. Prior to working with Akrami & Associates, Bahar also gained valuable work experience with an Architectural firm as the Office Manager.


Bahar looks forward to meeting you!

New Pilot Programs for Caregivers in Canada

New Pilot Programs for Caregivers in Canada

No more LMIA for Two New Pilot Programs

Are you overwhelmed with taking care of your children and need an extra hand but cannot afford to put them in childcare due to your financial circumstances or are you a caregiver and like to work in Canada to potentially obtain permanent residency in Canada? If this is your case then blog is for you.

Canada is now accepting applications to its two new caregiver immigration pilot programs which include

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Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization

Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization

What is an Electronic Travel Authorization

Are you planning to visit Canada by air? Are you from a visa-exempt country that requires an eTA to travel to or through Canada? People enjoy flying by airplane because it may be faster, more enjoyable, and less of a hassle than driving. If you are a traveler from a visa exempt country you may need to get an eTA to be able to enter Canada. Many travelers may not know they need an eTA until they are at the airport and they are told to go back because they cannot enter Canada without an Electronic Travel Authorization.

An eTA is an acronym for Electronic Travel Authorization which is an entry requirement for specific visa exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. It can be valid for up to five years or until the passport expires. Please be aware that your passport and your eTA go hand in hand, it’s important to keep in mind you need to have a valid passport and a valid eTA this signifies that if your passport expires you will also need to get a new eTA.

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Steps to take to Study in Canada as an International Student

Steps to take to Study in Canada as an International Student

What is a Study Permit

Are you an international student and like to continue your studies in Canada but not sure how to start? If this is the case, then this blog is for you.

To be able to study in Canada you first need to apply at a designated learning institution and get the acceptance letter. Once you have received the acceptance letter you can then apply for a study permit.

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Proving Genuineness of Relationship

Proving Genuineness of Relationship

How to Prove Genuineness of Relationship

Have you recently received a decision on your spousal or common law application and the application was refused due to the officer not being satisfied with the genuineness of the relationship?

If this is the case then this blog is for you.

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Move to Canada through Express Entry

Move to Canada through Express Entry

ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS OF EXPRESS ENTRY

Are you interested in coming to Canada? Do you want to immigrate as a permanent resident? Do you want to give your family and yourself a better quality of life by immigrating to Canada? Do you want to apply for Express Entry? Or have you applied and you're not sure as to what to do next? Do not worry, as this blog will fully explain what the process of express entry entails.

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Business Visitors to Canada

Business Visitors to Canada

ALL ABOUT BUSINESS VISITORS

Are you interested in visiting Canada? Is your purpose of travel business? Are you interesting in investing in a Canadian company or are you invited for a business conference? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then they will be answered throughout this blog.

What is a business visitor

In Canada, a business visitor refers to an individual who comes to Canada with the intention of doing business but not entering the Canadian labour. This means that they are specifically not to partake in work during the time period of their stay. Furthermore, they could also be coming to Canada with the intention of investing in a Canadian company, looking for ways to grow their business internationally, and finally, in order to network with other business owners. Furthermore, their stay usually ranges from a couple days to a couple of weeks, however, as per the fact that they are travelling as visitors, they can stay for a period of up to six months. Business visitors are not to be confused with business people. Business people come to Canada to partake in work under free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) .

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Sponsoring Spouse to Canada

Sponsoring Spouse to Canada

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SPOUSAL SPONSORSHIP

Does your spouse live outside of Canada? Would you like to sponsor them to become a permanent resident of Canada? Are you confused about the process? Has your application for a spousal sponsorship been previously refused? Not to worry, as the whole process will be explained to you over the course of this blog.

What is spousal sponsorship in Canada

In Canada, spousal sponsorship refers to the process of bringing your spouse to Canada and for them to obtain their permanent residency. Along with your spouse, if they have any dependent children, you are allowed to sponsor their children as well.

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Changes to Caregiver Program in Canada

Changes to Caregiver Program in Canada

New Permanent Residence Pilots for Caregivers Immigrating to Canada

Are you a foreign caregiver looking to move to Canada? Are you looking to learn more about the immigration process regarding caregiving? Are you confused about the new pilot programs introduced for caregivers? There are numerous options in order to immigrate to Canada, and if you have answered yes to any of the questions above, you have come to the right place, as this blog will explain to you all about caregivers in Canada and what it entails.

How can I become a Caregiver in Canada?

There are many options and pathways to become a caregiver in Canada. The goal of these pilots and programs are to allow you to work in Canada as a caregiver, and possibly apply for permanent residence along with your family. Recently, the Government of Canada has introduced two new pilots in order for you to apply to work as a caregiver in Canada.

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Visitor Visa Eligibility for Canada

Visitor Visa Eligibility for Canada

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A VISITOR VISA

Are you looking to visit Canada? Do you want to visit the many beautiful sites that this country has to offer? Have you applied for a visitor visa and it was refused? Are you confused about what the process around applying for a visitor visa is like? Don’t worry any further, this blog will answer all your questions regarding visitor visas in Canada.

What is a Visitor’s Visa in Canada?

In Canada, a visitor visa refers to a travel document that allows individuals to visit the country, if their purpose of travel is tourism. This document is put in your passport and it lets the immigration officer know that you meet all requirements to enter the country. A visitor’s visa is required in most situations where an individual wants to visit Canada, but it is not always the case. The need for a visitor visa depends on the individual’s nationality, method of travel and the travel document that will be used. A visitor’s visa is not the same things as an eTA (electronic travel authorization), but it works the same way. If you have an eTA, you will most likely not need a visa to enter Canada.

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Self-Employed Immigration

Self-Employed Immigration

Immigrating to Canada as a Self-employed individual

There is a wide array of options that are made available to you to help you immigrate into Canada. Most of the time you are required to obtain a valid job offer for you to apply successfully. However, the application process becomes a bit more complicated when an individual is applying who are self-employed. If this bring concern to you there is no need to worry as this blog will give you answers to any of the questions that you may have.

Essential Information about Self-Employed Immigration

Just as the name entails, the self-employed persons program is a program run by the government of Canada that allows individuals to immigrate, permanently, to Canada as a self-employed person. If this program brings interest to you, you must:

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Participate in International Experience Canada (IEC)

Participate in International Experience Canada (IEC)

Work and Travel in Canada as a Youth

As you may know, Canada has many tourist hotspots that attract foreign travelers to visit. For example, Banff National Park, Niagara Falls, Toronto’s CN Tower, Whistler, and many more. There are also many young individuals who want to work in Canada, while having the ability and opportunity to visit the aforementioned tourist hotspots. If you are a young individual who wants to work and travel in Canada, you definitely have the opportunity to do so. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has introduced the International Experience Canada Program that allows youth to travel and work in Canada. In this blog, you will learn relevant information about the International Experience Canada Program.

What is the International Experience Canada Program

The International Experience Canada Program, as previously mentioned, is a program that allows youth to travel and work in Canada temporarily. Citizens of countries with a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada who are between 18 and 35 years old may be eligible for the International Experience Canada Program applications. There are three types of travel and work experience under the International Experience Canada Program: Working Holiday, Young Professionals, and International Co-op Internships

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Applying for Permanent Residency Through Express Entry

Applying for Permanent Residency Through Express Entry

Immigrate to Canada

Do you dream about moving to Canada? Are you unaware of the available possibilities that allow you to achieve your dream? If so, there is no need to worry as this article will explain express entries, which not only will give you a greater chance of being selected but also give you the ability to be considered a skilled immigrant who should be move to Canada. Information about express entries will be explored in greater detail throughout this blog.

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Prepare for your Spousal Sponsorship Interview

Prepare for your Spousal Sponsorship Interview

Sponsoring your Spouse

Do you wish to permanently settle in Canada with your beloved spouse? If so, you, as a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, might have considered sponsoring your spouse through the spousal sponsorship program. However, many individuals get confused as to what the spousal sponsorship entails and what steps they need to take to compile a strong case. If is this the case for you, do not worry! At Akrami & Associates, we can try our best to unite you and your spouse permanently. In this blog, you will learn about the essence of a spousal sponsorship application, the interview.

What is a Spousal Sponsorship Interview

To detect marriage fraud, immigration officers will scrutinize your application. More specifically, Immigration officers will need to determine if your relationship with your spouse or partner is genuine. This is why applicants will often get notifications for an interview with immigration authorities. You might be wondering if attending this interview is necessary. The answer is yes. The reason behind this is that many people will get married simply to obtain Canadian permanent residence, and Immigration will obviously prevent any marriage of convenience. If you are required to attend the interview, you will receive a notification regarding the date and location for your interview. This may not be the most pleasant process, but it is essential to permanent residence applicants are not using their marriage in an illegal way. The questions you may be asked include but are not limited to:

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Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

How to Identify Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

“Honesty is the best policy.” This saying is particularly true when it comes to submitting applications to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. If an immigration officer finds out you are being untruthful about your application, your application can be refused. Moreover, the immigration can charge you with misrepresentation. If you are not confident to submit your own applications without any errors in them, then it is highly recommended that you seek professional guidance. In this blog, you will learn about document fraud and misrepresentation.

Document Fraud

As previously mentioned if you submit any incomplete, inaccurate or inconsistent documentation or information to Immigration, they have the authorization to investigate further and may deem the documentation as fraudulent. Certain documents that can be altered or falsified include but are not limited to:

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4 Popular Provinces for the 2019 Provincial Nominee Program

4 Popular Provinces for the 2019 Provincial Nominee Program

Immigrate to Canada

Do you want to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker? Do you have a specific province in mind where you would like to work and live? The provincial nominee program looks for foreign workers who have skills, education and work experience to be productive members of that specific province or territory. In this blog, you will learn about 4 of the most popular provinces that people tend to immigrate to

What is the Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program is one of the most common pathways to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Under the program, Canadian provinces and territories may nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who will bring their expertise and experience to contribute to economy.

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Learn about Spousal Sponsorship

Having someone that you love around you is a wonderful thing! Unfortunately not everyone is fortunate enough to have that experience. At Akrami&Associates we value the importance of having loved ones around you because we know it is vital to a person’s happiness. We do our best to keep loved ones together and unite families. We aid with Spousal Sponsorships and stand beside you throughout the whole process. It can be difficult to bring a spouse into Canada because of different issues that need to be addressed and requirements that need to be met. Akrami&Associates is a leading firm in spousal sponsorships. Our company offers high success rates and tries to achieve the best results we can with the most effort.

Comparing In-land to Overseas Application

One of the main advantages for an in-land spousal sponsorship application is that the Applicant can apply for an open work permit that will allow them to work legally while they wait for their application to be processed. The Applicant spouse in the inland sponsorship application must have valid temporary resident status either as a visitor, worker or student, to qualify to apply for the open work permit.

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Become a Canadian Permanent Resident through the Canadian Experience Class

Become a Canadian Permanent Resident through the Canadian Experience Class

The Steps to Apply for Canadian Experience Class

If you are a foreign national that is currently working in Canada and would like to obtain permanent residency in Canada, the Canadian Experience Class may be for you. The Canadian Experience Class category is available through the Express Entry immigration selection system. The Canadian Experience Class category is intended for foreign nationals who have work experience in Canada and have gained the appropriate skills to assist them for any future work in Canada and, thus, hopefully resulting in permanent residency in Canada. These potential permanent residents of Canada who have work experience within Canada will essentially benefit the Canadian economy going forward. Therefore, in this article, I will address how to apply for Canadian Experience Class and other very important information to consider if you would like to apply under this economic immigration category.

Minimum Requirements for Canadian Experience Class

In order to apply for the Canadian Experience Class economic immigration category, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements. Not everyone will be eligible to apply. Below are the two main requirements in order to apply for the Canadian Experience Class.

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Let us Learn about Super Visas

Let us Learn about Super Visas

Super Visa

Family is the most important thing in the world! We sometimes get caught up in the everyday life that we do not make time to call, or visit our parents and grandparents. At Akrami & Associates understand the beauty of having someone around you who once took care of you. The feeling is unmatchable! Life is more enjoyable when it is spent with the people who mean the most to you, and when you are separated by thousands of kilometers it can seem almost impossible to include them in your life. That is the reason why at Akrami&Associates we do our very best to help our clients achieve success at bringing their parents and grandparents into Canada. Keep in mind that the process of bringing your parents and grandparents into Canada can be difficult but every step along the way is important and requires an intense amount of attention.

What is a Super Visa

A Super Visa is essentially a Visitor’s Visa which is granted only to the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The Super Visa can have a validity of up to 10 years. Once the visa is granted to the individual, they are given a maximum amount of time that they can stay inside of Canada per visit. This amount of time is usually given by the officer on the border on the day of entry.

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Tips and Tricks for Super Visas

Tips and Tricks for Super Visas

Application Tips for Super Visa

The Super Visa application is a great alternative for Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who would like to reunite with their parents or grandparents for longer than six months in Canada. In the past, the only option was the parent-grandparent sponsorship; however, now individuals can choose to apply for the super visa. For the super visa application, it is very important to understand and recognize the requirements from the sponsor as well as from the applicant. Therefore, in this article, I will address some useful and beneficial application tips when applying for a Super Visa to Canada.

Eligibility Requirements for Super Visa

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, then you are on the right track to being eligible to apply for the Super Visa for your parent or grandparent. In addition, you must also meet the minimum low income cut off. It is important to note that the minimum necessary income is determined and based on your current family size and the amount of individuals you intend on sponsoring to Canada. The amount of individuals will be either one or two – i.e. your parent or grandparent and their spouse or common-law partner. Keep in mind, for this specific type of Immigration application, dependents are not allowed to apply. In other words, any dependent child of the parent or grandparent would not be eligible to apply and, thus, cannot be included in the application for Super Visa.

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Labour Market Impact Assessment from the Employer's Perspective

Labour Market Impact Assessment from the Employer's Perspective

Hire a Foreign Worker 

Are you a Canadian company looking to hire a foreign worker to work for your company? Before you can hire the foreign worker, you may need to have a Labour Market Impact Assessment – which is a document that allows you to extend an offer of employment to a foreign worker. In this blog, we will provide some useful information about the Labour Market Impact Assessment process, when it is required and how to get one.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment

The government of Canada understands Canadian companies may sometimes experience temporary labour or skill shortages. In cases where a Canadian company cannot find qualified Canadian workers to fill these shortages, the company may need to hire a foreign worker. The Labour Market Impact Assessment Process is required to show that hiring the temporary foreign worker will not have a negative impact on the Canadian job market by ensuring that qualified Canadians are not bypassed for a foreign worker.

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Everything You Have Ever Wanted to Know About the Visitor Visa Application

Everything You Have Ever Wanted to Know About the Visitor Visa Application

Visitor Visa Application

Are you interested in traveling to Canada to visit a friend? Perhaps you have a family member that you have not seen for many years and you want them to come to Canada for a visit. Or maybe you have an upcoming business conference in Canada but not sure what you need to do to get a visa to enter Canada. Whatever your reason for wanting to travel to Canada, this blog how to get a visitor visa may be of use to you.

What Is a Visitor Visa

A visitor visa or type of temporary resident visa that will be issued for persons who have demonstrated to a Canadian visa officer that they meet the requirements to enter Canada as on a temporary basis – or as a Visitor. The person will need to exit Canada at the end of his or her authorized stay.

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Do I Really Need to Hire an Immigration Lawyer or a Consultant

Do I Really Need to Hire an Immigration Lawyer or a Consultant

Do You Want to Immigrate to Canada in 2019

Canada is one of the most popular countries that individuals dream of immigrating to. This is due to the exceptional work and education opportunities that Canada has to offer. Furthermore, the multiculturalism in Canada is also one of the primary reasons that drives one’s desire to immigrate. While many people are thinking about immigrating to Canada, they may also be considering about seeking help from an immigration lawyer or a consultant. Well, here comes the most important question: is hiring an immigration lawyer of a consultant necessary? In this blog, we will break down the advantages of hiring an immigration lawyer or a consultant.

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Young Foreign Nationals Working in Canada

Young Foreign Nationals Working in Canada

Work and Travel to Canada as a Youth

Canada is one of the most popular countries that a foreign national can dream of traveling to. Not only that, many people want to experience different cultures while gaining work experience in Canada. Do you want to make this dream come true? Well……the Canadian Government has heard your voices! The Canadian Government has a program named International Experience Canada (IEC), which is designed to help young foreign nationals work in Canada. If this sounds confusing to you, don’t worry. In this blog, you will learn about the International Experience Canada program, so that you may be able to work and enjoy beautiful tourist spots that Canada has to offer.

Eligibility for International Experience Canada (IEC)

If your country of origin has an agreement with the Canadian government, then you may be eligible for one of the three IEC programs. There are three IEC programs are:

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Questions and Answers for Temporary Resident Visas

Questions and Answers for Temporary Resident Visas

Temporary Resident Visas

In this article, I will address questions and answers for Temporary Resident Visas. This is intended for you to better understand what can ensue when you are in the process of applying for a Temporary Resident Visa to Canada. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa, then I suggest you read our article on “How to Apply for a Temporary Resident Visa” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to any immigration matters regarding Temporary Resident Visas.

Q: If I have a valid Temporary Resident Visa, am I permitted to return to my country and then re-enter Canada?

A: This is a very good question. In the past, Temporary Resident Visas were either issued as a single-entry visa or a multiple-entry visa. Now, thankfully, Immigration Canada is only issuing multiple-entry visas. A multiple-entry visa allows the foreign national to enter Canada and exit multiple times. However, it is important that the foreign national only travels in and out of Canada during the validity of their Temporary Resident Visa. If you attempt to enter Canada and your multiple-entry Temporary Resident Visa has expired, then you will need to reapply for another one to once again enter Canada.

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What is Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

What is Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

Find out how to apply for Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration

Humanitarian and Compassionate consideration can apply to many different circumstances when applying for permanent residency. Please note that not all circumstances can be justified and proven with supporting documentary evidence; therefore, one should recognize that these types of applications are not easily approved. They are only approved as a last resort. Furthermore, the processing times for these types of applications can take many years. In order to prove that you have an exceptional situation that falls under the H&C consideration, it is essential for you to supply the Immigration officer with as much evidence and documentary in order for your application to be as strong as possible. Therefore, in this article, I will explain how to apply for humanitarian and compassionate consideration and other very pertinent information you should know with regards to H&C applications.

What does Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration Entail

Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration, also commonly referred to as H&C, is a type of application for permanent residency in Canada for specific foreign nationals who would not qualify under any other immigration class. These foreign nationals must also have compelling humanitarian and compassionate grounds to prove when applying for this type of application. 

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